How our engagement photos dispelled my self image fears

Hey, I'm a wedding blogger who is engaged! You'd think I'd be ready for this, but naaaaah. See, like you and you and you over there, oh and that guy right there… I'm NOT super confident. So I decided that an engagement shoot might be just the ticket to help cure me of my center of attention apprehension. Here's how it worked out…

Combine a photo booth with a favor and you'll have this "photo wall" wedding idea

So you want to collect guest photos, maybe display them somehow at the wedding, and provide a way for guests to take them home as a favor? Any or all of these can be accomplished with this little trick from reader Kassie. She snagged a portable photo printer with wifi which will allowed her guests to snag photos with their phones, print them on the fly, and add them to the glorious display on a big photo wall. I love this idea because you'll get loads of photos, tons of selfies of people in their best finery, and save cash on a photo booth.

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6 easy ways to show appreciation for your wedding photographer (that will make them swoon!)

Being a wedding photographer is AMAZING. I mean, we get to capture one of the most important, meaningful days in your lives, creating timeless photographs for you. But with that comes a lot of work and responsibility. Of course, we love it when you pay your invoices on time, and tips are never expected, but always appreciated. But there are some really easy, totally free things you can do that really make our hearts happy.

Here are some simple things you can do to show some wedding photographer appreciation…

How to snag celeb-level wedding photography (& AMAZING storytelling and wedding albums!)

Ryan and Jenn of LA-based photography studio Rawtography have been Offbeat Bride partners for AGES and we never stop being in awe of their work when it comes our way. They are experts in both still photography AND videography so they can craft a package for you that totally works for your wedding. They're masters at photojournalistic style that will give you the STORY of your wedding as well as beautiful, frame-able portraits.

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Here's why wedding photography can absolutely be transcendent art

We've talked to a lot of photographers who love to stretch their artistic muscles and push boundaries in their art. There's skill in finding those shots that have the Golden Ratio or that channel the Fibonacci Sequence. The photo that transcends into art due to a interesting composition, magical color combinations, or, let's face it, mad skills in Photoshop.

We reached out to our stellar vendor community to see what kinds of wedding photography as art we could showcase. They did NOT disappoint.